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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Das Keyboard Model S Professional
Closer Look: Das Keyboard Professional
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts

Overall, the Das Keyboard Professional is excellent providing a wonderful experience in both typing and gaming. The tactile and auditory feedback of the Cherry MX Blue switches provided one of the best typing environments that a user could ask for. Metadot added lots of little extra's though that make this keyboard special to use, first the curvature makes for a very comfortable typing experience, something that after 8 hours of typing a user will really start to appreciate. The added features of the USB hub and media keys help round out the Das Keyboard Professional into extremely functional piece of hardware that will allow the user to move through their workflow without the needing to stop to plug new devices in or to change their music, perfect for a busy work environment.

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I have very few complaints about the Das Keyboard Professional, definitely not enough to dissuade our readers from ordering this fantastic keyboard. First, in future revisions I would love to see the USB2.0 hub switched out for a USB3.0 hub especially now that USB3.0 devices are becoming more common; second, I would love to see Metadot bring out a version of the Das Keyboard with a matte finish for a keyboard. I think that it would look equally nice but it would not attract as much dust or be as fingerprint prone as the current generation of Das Keyboard is.

Das Keyboard Professional Conclusion

Performance in a keyboard is about being able to type quickly and accurately. The Das Keyboard Professional succeeds on both fronts providing a wonderful platform to type on comfortably while having as few mistakes as possible with haptic and auditory feedback from its Cherry MX Blue switches.

When the Das Keyboard Professional is clean it is absolutely gorgeous but due to the glossy exterior of its case keeping it clean can be a real chore. The glossy exterior is prone to collecting dust and fingerprints and although Metadot included a cleaning cloth with the Das Keyboard Professional, it still requires daily cleaning to really look its best.

At 3.4Lbs, the Das Keyboard Professional feels like a well-constructed machine built for the long haul. The metal switches being used are designed for 50 x 10^6 key presses which means that users should get many years of faithful service from their Das Keyboard Professional. Sadly, Metadot only provides a one-year warranty on the Das Keyboard Professional but with keyboard as well built as the Das Keyboard Professional I would expect the warranty would be long gone before any problems start to crop up.

Functionally the Das Keyboard Professional is above average. Metadot provides users with media controls, a USB hub, but provides no extras when it comes to extra keys, software to allow customization, or other extras that may be seen on "gaming" keyboards.

For $110.98 (Amazon) or $124.99 (Newegg), the Das Keyboard Model S Professional (model DASK3MKPROCLI) is a relatively expensive piece of equipment even for a mechanical keyboard. Two of my previously review mechanical keyboards the Razer BlackWidow and the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid can be had for nearly half the price. This price is not high enough to be unreasonable though, as keyboards like the SteelSeries 7G are still $40 more expensive but it does put the Das Keyboard on the high end of the spectrum.

In closing, if asked I would recommend the Das Keyboard, although it may not be in my opinion the best mechanical keyboard on the market it is still a great keyboard. The Das Keyboard Professional provides a great platform for a typist, while looking beautiful (when clean), providing users with media controls, and a USB 2.0 hub.

Pros:

+ Haptic and auditory feedback can help increase a users typing speed
+ Full NKRO with included PS/2 adapter
+ Built in media keys
+ When clean it is beautiful

Cons:

- One-year warranty
- Loud key actuation
- Case prone to fingerprints and collecting dust
- No software for customization

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

COMMENT QUESTION: Does the Das Keyboard appeal to you, or do you have another favorite?

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# RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalIain 2013-02-05 10:49
On paper, Blue switches don't make sense for anything other than typing, but having tried all the various switches, I absolutely love Blues for work and All type of gaming (mostly FPS at the moment). I've got a Razer Blackwidow right now and while its the est keyboard I own ( and I have a few mechanicals), te piano finish is a nightmare for messing up and fine scratches.

My major issue with the Das is the lack of lighting. I tried a week with a Majitouch and hated the lack of backlit keys. If you're in any doubt, get one of the many lit mechanical boards out there.
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# RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalKarl 2013-04-15 17:34
No offense, but if you learn where your keys are you won't need them backlit--or even labeled. For gaming, especially, it pays to know exactly where your keys are. Some companies are even selling "blank" keyboards--though I think this is a bit silly, with the only possible benefit that hunt-and-peck types won't ask to use your computer :)
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# RE: Das Keyboard Model S Professionalkzinti1 2013-02-17 20:28
Just wondering. Why only a measly one-year warranty on high-end boards like the Das and my own Deck-Frost Tactile?
If these high-end, high-priced keyboards are so great (yes, including my own) then why such a short term warranty?
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# RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalOlin Coles 2013-02-17 20:40
The short answer is money. The long answer is that they can offer an industry-standard warranty length without raising alarm with consumers, but when something goes wrong after that period they can (hope) to re-capture your business with a second purchase.
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# RE: RE: RE: Das Keyboard Model S ProfessionalAustin Downing 2013-02-18 04:02
This is the unfortunate truth. I have yet to have a mechanical keyboard I have reviewed on here fail but it would be nice to see longer warranties. The upcoming review of the Cooler Master Quickfire TK does have a 2 year warranty on it though.
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# Keyboard requestJason Ganz 2013-02-18 08:01
Could you review one of the Topre Keyboards? They're a bit on the $$ side, but from what I've read, a joy to type on due to hybrid key-mechanisms.

Thanks

Jason
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# RealForcejohndoe 2013-02-18 22:06
I own a RF 87U TenKeyless all 45g and it's the best keyboard I've ever had my hands on.

It's very clicky, the acquisation force is very soft and it's even more of a joy to CS: GO on than to type. The only thing with it it the #tiness of the ABS spacebar, which makes you feel like you're hitting the spacebar from a different keyboard.

This spacebar is so #ing # it makes Painkiller MP even harder to play as you always have to spacebar to bunnyhop and the entire gameplay is built on bunnyhopping...
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# Nice but...Jeff DeWitt 2013-02-17 21:00
I've got a 25 year old IBM Model M keyboard at work. It looks and works like new with it's solid mechanical switches, removable and cleanable key caps and characters molded into the key caps.

The only things that date it are the lack of a Windows key and it's PS2 (adapters are available).

I've no doubt the Das Keyboard is a very nice keyboard, and it may be just the thing for gamers wanting a top notch keyboard, but I'll stick with my Model M.
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# RE: Nice but...David Ramsey 2013-02-17 21:04
That's my day to day keyboard, and a couple of spares in the garage in the unlikely case something ever happens to it...
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# Model MJeff DeWitt 2013-02-17 21:08
I expect 50 years from now people are still going to be using those keyboards. This was one IBM got right.
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